from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Small in size: a little dining room. See Synonyms at small.
- adj. Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left.
- adj. Small in quantity or degree: little money.
- adj. Unimportant; trivial: a little matter.
- adj. Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
- adj. Without much power or influence; of minor status.
- adj. Being at an early stage of growth; young: a little child.
- adj. Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling: My little brother is leaving for college next week.
- adv. Not much; scarcely: works long hours, sleeping little.
- adv. Not in the least; not at all: They little expected such a generous gift.
- n. A small quantity or amount: Give me a little.
- n. Something much less than all: I know little of their history.
- n. A short distance or time: a little down the road; waited a little.
- idiom a little Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better.
- idiom little by little By small degrees or increments; gradually.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Small in size.
- adj. Insignificant, trivial.
- adj. Very young.
- adj. Younger.
- adj. Used with the name of place, especially of a country, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.
- adj. Small in amount or number, having few members.
- adv. Not much.
- Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to
- adj. Short in duration; brief.
- adj. Small in quantity or amount; not much
- adj. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
- adj. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable
- adj. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
- n. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
- n. A small degree or scale; miniature.
- adv. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not large or much.
- Not large in number; having few constituent, members or parts: as, a little army or fleet; a little city.
- Not much; of small amount, quantity, or degree; restricted; limited: as, a little food or drink; little joy or happiness; little influence.
- Not of great extent or duration; not long; short in space or time; brief: as, a little way or distance; a little while.
- Not great; small in consideration, dignity, consequence, etc.; petty; inconsiderable; insignificant: as, a little office; little affairs; a little accident.
- Hence— Petty in character; mean; narrow; wanting breadth or largeness: as, a little soul or mind.
- Synonyms Minute, tiny.
- and Scanty, slender, moderate.
- Insignificant, contemptible, weak. See littleness.
- n. A small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
- In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly.
- To become little or less.
- To make less. Compare belittle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. not much
- adj. low in stature; not tall
- adj. (of children and animals) young, immature
- adj. small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
- n. a small amount or duration
- adj. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
- adj. (informal) small and of little importance
- adj. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
- adj. lowercase
- adj. (of a voice) faint
Middle English, from Old English lȳtel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz (“tending to stoop, crouched, little”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewd- (“to bend, bent, small”), equivalent to lout + -le. Cognate with Dutch luttel, German lütt and lützel, West Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lūtan; and perhaps to Old English lytig ("deceitful, lot deceit"), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 (liuts, "deceitful"), 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 (lutjan, "to deceive"); compare also Icelandic lítill ("little"), Swedish liten, Danish liden, lille, Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 (leitils), which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout. (Wiktionary)